Thursday, January 7, 2021

Event Update For 2021-01-06

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2021-01-06 - 2020 was tied for the hottest year ever recorded, but the disasters fueled by climate change set it apart:

Quote: "The last six years are now the hottest six on record, with 2020 on par with 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded."

2021-01-06 - Ice arches holding the Arctic's 'last ice area' in place are at risk, researcher says:

Quote: "'The last ice area is losing ice mass at twice the rate of the entire Arctic,' said Moore. 'We realized this area may not be as stable as people think.'"

2021-01-06 - Jaguar filmed killing ocelot in possible sign of climate change in Guatemala:

Quote: "The climate crisis is being blamed for an astonishing predator-on-predator animal attack that took place in the Guatemalan rainforest, and was captured on camera. The footage shows a male jaguar attacking and killing an ocelot, which researchers say is a rare occurrence and is likely due to the abnormally fierce - and growing - competition for water."

2021-01-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Rochester (New York):

Quote: "Crews tell us the flames started in the car and quickly spread to the home nearby. A neighbor saw the flre, called the people the people living in the home, and then called 911."

2021-01-06 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at 3:04 AM at home, fire spreads to home, in Urbana (Illinois):

Quote: "The fire started in the garage and spread to the house. The fire chief says the homeowner is safe, but there’s a lot of damage. The car is destroyed."

2021-01-06 - Person has 'medical event' and dies, then paramedic at the scene, man, has 'medical event' and dies too, in Isle (Minnesota), 300 feet from Mille Lacs Lake:

Quote: "Two individuals are dead after emergency personnel responded to a medical event last evening on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge stated that an ambulance was dispatched to Vista Road in Isle regarding a patient that was unresponsive with a possible heart attack. Emergency personnel from Mille Lacs Health System attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful, and the patient died. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. While wrapping up at the scene, one of the paramedics had a medical event that is suspected to be a heart attack. After life saving measures were taken, the male paramedic was transferred to the hospital in Onamia and also passed away."

2021-01-06 - Two men and a woman, 50, 55 and 34, have 'medical emergencies' and die as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "'One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths,' Contee said. 'Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone impacted by their loss.' Police identified them as Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; and Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia. The three were on the grounds of the Capitol when they experienced their medical emergencies, Contee said."

2021-01-06 - Semi tractor bursts into flame while parked on street in Yuma (Arizona):

2021-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just before 5 AM on US 75 near Ochelata (Oklahoma):

2021-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-474 in Peoria County (Illinois):

Note: No crash, just another big rig bursting into flame...

2021-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road near Betheden in Winston County (Mississippi):

2021-01-06 - Tractor, car and barn destroyed by fire near Winchester (Texas):

Quote: "A barn near Winchester burned to the ground Monday morning, Jan. 4. A tractor parked inside the barn was destroyed in the fire. Firefighters also discovered the body of a car among the debris."

2021-01-06 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Coquihalla Highway near Hope (Canada):

Note: These are the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-01-06 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on street in Perth (Scotland):

2021-01-06 - RV bursts into flame on Downs Chapel Road in Hartly (Delaware):

2021-01-06 - RV bursts into flame on NE 88th Street outside Vancouver (Washington):

2021-01-06 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home on Spruce Street in Prince George (Canada):

Note: These are the 9th, 10th and 11th RVs to burn in 2021...

2021-01-06 - Van bursts into flame near market in Twin Lakes (Canada):

2021-01-06 - SUV bursts into flame in parking lot at store on Graves Street in Chillicothe (Missouri):

2021-01-06 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 98 in Crawford County (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-06 - SUV bursts into flame just after 6:30 AM at home in Rib Mountain (Wisconsin):

2021-01-06 - SUV bursts into flame in parking lot at gas station in Smiths Falls (Canada):

2021-01-06 - SUV bursts into flame on bridge in coastal Dubai (UAE):

2021-01-06 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Westlake Drive in West Kelowna (Canada):

2021-01-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-41 near Allenton (Wisconsin):

2021-01-06 - Car bursts into flame on I-91 in Hartford (Connecticut):

2021-01-06 - Car bursts into flame on Seventh Avenue Northeast in Brainerd (Minnesota):

2021-01-06 - Car bursts into flame on Great Drove in Yaxley (Britain):

2021-01-06 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Valley Forge Road in Aynor (South Carolina):

2021-01-06 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-06 - Biodiesel business damaged by fire just after 4 AM on Avenue S in Clinton (Iowa):

2021-01-06 - Tire business building destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville (Tennessee):

2021-01-06 - Plywood mill destroyed by fire in Waynesboro (Mississippi):

2021-01-06 - Two dumpsters go up in flames at 2:45 AM, fire spreads to home, on Charles Street in Monroe (Washington):

2021-01-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Walnut Street near the White River in Noblesville (Indiana), cat killed:

2021-01-06 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly before 6:30 AM on Penfield Street in coastal Bronx (New York):

2021-01-06 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM on East Burt Road in Taymouth Township (Michigan):

2021-01-06 - Two homes go up in flames just after 1:15 AM on 20th Street in Niagara Falls (New York):

2021-01-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 4:31 AM on St. Andrew Street in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2021-01-06 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 3:30 AM on Keene Road in Winchester (New Hampshire):

2021-01-06 - Deadly fire burns home in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

2021-01-06 - Deadly fire burns home on Hague Road near Hallsville (Missouri), 1 killed:

2021-01-06 - Deadly fire burns multi-family home on Shoreham Drive in North York (Canada), 1 killed:

2021-01-06 - Deadly fire burns apartment building shortly after 2:30 AM on Salt Valley View in Lincoln (Nebraska), 1 killed:

2021-01-06 - Deadly fire burns motel in Albuquerque (New Mexico), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2021-01-06 - Vacant home burns on Chapel Road in coastal Havre de Grace (Maryland):

2021-01-06 - Vacant home destroyed by fire, fire spreads to occupied home, in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2021-01-06 - Shark washes ashore dead at Milford Beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2021-01-06 - At least 15 herons found dead in coastal Thane (India):

2021-01-06 - Two sisters found dead at home near Kamptee (India):

2021-01-06 - Man, 69, collapses near Phelps Lake and dies in Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming):

Quote: "Gary Sternberg, age 69, of Jackson, Wyoming, was skiing with others near Phelps Lake when he collapsed."

2021-01-06 - Man, 65, found dead in pond in Lake Arthur (Louisiana):

2021-01-06 - Man found dead near creek near East Gude Drive in Rockville (Maryland):

2021-01-06 - Man, 33, found dead in Desoto National Forest (Mississippi):

2021-01-06 - Man, 30 to 45, found dead in Whiteford Township (Michigan):

2021-01-06 - Woman found dead on North Houston Lake Road in Centerville (Georgia):

2021-01-06 - Man found dead near dumpsters at apartment complex on Fisherville Road in Concord (New Hampshire):

2021-01-06 - Police officer, middle-aged man, has 'medical episode' and drops dead while conducting investigation in Halton (Canada):

Quote: "Detective Constable Michael Tidball, who has been with the force since 2007, died suddenly this morning (Jan. 6) as a result of an 'acute medical episode,' police said in a news release."

2021-01-06 - Man, 20, found dead in stream in Landhi (Pakistan):

2021-01-06 - Man found dead on the A59 close to Chatburn in the Ribble Valley (Britain):

2021-01-06 - Man in his 60s drops dead on Chalkwell Avenue near the seafront in coastal Westcliff (Britain):

2021-01-06 - Woman in her 30s found dead in canal near Old Church Road in Foleshill (Britain):

2021-01-06 - Empty boat found circling on Lake Jesup in Sanford (Florida):

Quote: "Emergency crews were called to Lake Jesup Park in Sanford Wednesday after an empty boat was found circling in the water. Officials with the Seminole County Fire Department say they received a call around noon about the empty boat in the lake. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says they also received a call about a boater who was possibly in some kind of distress."

2021-01-06 - Tractor trailer crashes, bursts into flame, on I-20 in Longview (Texas):

2021-01-06 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits tractor trailer head-on, fire erupts, on I-5 in Fresno County (California), 5 killed:

2021-01-06 - Car crashes on Worcester Street in Springfield (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

Quote: "The preliminary investigation shows the driver may have had a medical episode before the crash..."

2021-01-06 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Chapel Road near Wetumpka (Alabama), 2 killed:

2021-01-06 - Shark attacks and kills woman at Waihi Beach (New Zealand):

2021-01-06 - Man and woman in car drive into huge sinkhole in High Springs (Florida):

2021-01-06 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Kermadec Islands:

2021-01-06 - Tropical Cyclone Imogen brings floods and disruptions to Queensland (Australia):

2021-01-06 - Heavy snow engulfs Jammu and Kashmir (India):

2021-01-06 - The US has lost more than 110,000 restaurants:

2021-01-06 - New nuclear plant could rise at site of former one in New Jersey:

2021-01-06 - Legalizing marijuana, once a pipe dream on Capitol Hill, takes an important step forward:

2021-01-06 - Maybe 'dark matter' doesn't exist after all, new research suggests:


  1. Alrighty then, just like in India (and elsewhere) when someone goes down into the sewers to clean 'em out and dies, then a 2nd person goes in to retrieve him ALSO dies, we have an incident here in the US today that's above ground, but the same result. Sure looks like some H2S was clouding around the emergency site and didn't dissipate enough before rescuers got there.

    Friday, 8 January 2021
    How Michael Mann and others LIE as the Arctic sea ice melts in mid-winter

    I have recorded a short video based on a report on mid-winter sea ice melt by Margo as well as a video from Guy McPherson [which i posted yesterday] exposing out-and-out lying by Michael Mann and others about climate change that no doubt reflects a political, and not a scientific climate.

    Note: I will report on people who I dislike and have rejected me if I think what they are saying is relevant and truthful. [he BELIEVES statements by people he doesn't like because they sound true to him]

    Truth and lies about Arctic sea ice

    Here is Margo's report from Sunday [~ 79.25 min.]

    [i'm not going to post all the information (PROOF to me) of the storming of the Capitol yesterday, since Jonny is clearly a Biden guy and i don't want to be banned from commenting because i think otherwise - though i don't think our host is that petty]

    Iberian Peninsula sets new all-time record low, Storm Filomena to drop historic snow over capital Madrid

    Spain registered its coldest temperature on record on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with the mercury in Catalan Pyrenees station dropping to -34.1 °C (-29.4 °F), breaking the previous record set on February 2, 1956. Historic snow is also expected in the capital Madrid this week, prompting officials to prepare for the rare event with a yellow alert issued in many areas. [more]

    Friday, 8 January 2021
    The 4th and 5th major quakes of 2021 rocked the Kermadec Islands and Vanuatu in the South Pacific: All five major quakes this year have happened around the Pacific Ring Of Fire as well as more than 20 volcanoes erupting or showing activity there too

    the first five major quakes of 2021 have all been around the Pacific Ring [more]

    [odd cloud formation]
    ‘Angel’ hovering over burning home in Poland

    The baffling image was shared on social media by the mystified fire department. [more; take a look]

    New powerful Merapi volcano eruption prompts evacuation of more than 500 people in Indonesia (videos)

    At least 500 people were removed from the island of Java, Indonesia, today [Thursday] after the erupting Merapi volcano began to expel thick clouds of smoke. [more; 2 videos]

    [2nd section follows]

  2. 'You opened the f---ing doors for 'em!': Joe Scarborough tears into Capitol Police over flimsy security and racial double standards

    Scarborough echoed sentiments shared by others in the aftermath of Wednesday's storming of the Capitol regarding how police treated the pro-Trump rioters compared to Black Lives Matter protesters in the nation's capital over the summer.

    "If these insurrectionists were Black, they would have been shot in the face," the "Morning Joe" host said. [more slanted, biased reporting from Yahoo bullshit news - explaining to people who can't see that BOTH protesting groups were present, that it's ONLY Trump supporters who caused the problems and the damage. If you want an alternate view, check out seemorerocks post today. Any views you get from TV or any msm source is 'edited' by the CIA (that's a FACT) to reflect their narrative/agenda.]
    Sudden stratospheric warming could mean winter storms ahead

    The remarkable event is called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), and it involves the temperatures 50,000 to 100,000 feet above the ground. It disrupts the typical winter climate pattern in the Arctic stratosphere famously known as the polar vortex, and typically leads to more extreme winter weather in parts of the United States.

    The polar vortex is a huge low-pressure gyre of cold winds spinning counter-clockwise, which rotate quickly around the Arctic Circle from west to east. But when an SSW occurs, if it is a strong enough event, winds will often reverse and become easterly, and the polar vortex will split into two or three separate vortices, which then drift southward towards the mid-latitudes carrying cold air along with them.

    In most cases the SSW propagates down through the clouds to the Earth's surface over the course of a few weeks. When this happens it throws the Arctic upper-level wind patterns off-kilter and the domino effect leads to convoluted jet stream patterns around the world in the mid-latitudes like Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. That means it will almost certainly result in some extreme winter weather, and given the expected pattern in the U.S., that will most likely happen along the East Coast. [more]

    Big Oil Skips Trump’s Last-Minute Arctic Drilling-Rights Auction
    [only because it wouldn't be "cost effective" for them]

    [shit - i shoulda offered 'em a hunnerd bucks fer the place jes' te keep it outta their hands!]

    The Trump administration’s unprecedented auction of Arctic drilling rights Wednesday netted just $14.4 million from three bidders, with major oil companies steering clear of the sale.

    Amid low crude prices, fears about a backlash from the public and the prospect of regulatory uncertainty, just two oil companies placed bids on leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain: Knik Arm Services LLC and Regenerate Alaska Inc. They were joined by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a state-owned economic development corporation that last month approved spending $20 million on coastal plain leases but has never spearheaded an oil exploration project. [more]

    [3rd piece awaits]

  3. U.S. Army Corps' new stream crossing rules could hurt oil/gas pipes -analysts

    The [inept] U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [see New Orleans levee failures] has finalized revisions to its Nationwide Permits, a program for utility stream crossings that has been criticized by environmentalists, which analysts say could cause problems for oil and natural gas pipelines.

    In recent years, state governments, Native American tribes and environmental groups have successfully challenged the Army Corps' use of the Nationwide Permit Program to stop construction of several big oil and gas pipelines. [more]

    Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020

    [if recent patterns hold, at least one of the next 4 years will be the hottest on record there]

    Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina climate pattern, the nation’s weather bureau said on Friday.

    The wetter-than-average 2020 followed Australia’s hottest and driest year in 2019 that came to a catastrophic conclusion with wildfires fueled by drought that killed at least 33 people, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed 19 million hectares (47 million acres).
    [more; and killed about a BILLION animals, birds, insects and reptiles]

    How 60,000 discarded flip-flops ended up on a remote island

    In different parts of the world, environmental catastrophes happen in different ways. In Australia and California last year, it was a series of ferocious wildfires. In Venezuela and Mauritius, there were massive oil spills. In the Horn of Africa, locusts.

    And at the remote Aldabra atoll in Seychelles, disaster is unfolding in the form of abandoned fishing gear and 60,000 discarded flip-flops.

    That footwear composed about a quarter of the nearly 28 tons of plastic debris collected over five weeks in 2019 by the Aldabra Clean Up Project (ACUP), a team of 12 volunteers from Seychelles and Oxford University. The project’s aim was to put a number to the atoll’s marine plastic pollution problem and to calculate the cost of cleaning it up. In a paper published in Scientific Reports in September 2020, the team estimated that they had collected about 5% of the total amount of litter that had washed up on the atoll.

    Thanks to a convergence of ocean currents, some of the most remote islands on Earth – small island countries like Seychelles and Maldives in the Indian Ocean as well as islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean – are bearing the brunt of the world’s marine plastic pollution.

    The problem is getting worse: A study published in July 2020 by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that, if current trends continue, plastic flows into the ocean are expected to nearly triple by 2040, reaching 32 million tons – the equivalent of about 35 pounds for every foot of the world’s coastlines. And in December, the marine conservation organization Oceans Asia reported that an estimated 1.56 billion face masks likely ended up in the oceans in 2020. [more; stupid policy that hasn't done any good but wreaks havoc on the environment - still, nobody cays mistah!]

    CO2 levels to breach 50% rise from pre-industrial era in 2021 -Met Office

    Emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation will cause CO2 to continue to accumulate in the atmosphere in 2021, with concentrations expected to exceed 417 parts per million (ppm) for several weeks from April to June for the first time.

    That record level would be 50% higher than the concentration of 278 ppm at the dawn of the industrial era in the late 18th century, the Met Office said. [more]

  4. Powerful blizzard affecting areas along the Sea of Japan, JMA urges residents to remain cautious

    A powerful winter storm is affecting areas along the Sea of Japan on January 8, 2021, bringing dangerous winds, high waves, heavy snow, and blizzard conditions. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned heavy snow and powerful winds are expected through Sunday, January 10. [more]

    Woman dies after shark attack at beach near Waihī, New Zealand

    Witnesses have described harrowing scenes at a Bowentown beach, near Waihī, in western Bay of Plenty, after a shark attacked a woman while she was swimming.

    Despite emergency services performing vigorous CPR on the victim, who was in her early 20s, she died at the scene. [more]

    Beast from the East brings snow & ice as much of UK hit by severe Winter weather [~ 2 min. video]

    it is expected to be colder than average with more snow at the end of the month. [more]

    A couple went out for a day on the water off the Keys. Then, their yacht caught fire

    A Canadian couple managed to escape with their lives and no injuries after their yacht suddenly burst into flames in the waters off the Florida Keys.

    The 56-foot Prestige cabin vessel on Thursday was making its way about a half mile offshore of the ocean side of Snake Creek near Islamorada in the Upper Keys when it began having mechanical issues, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision.

    Smoke and fire moved through the boat, which was quickly consumed by flames, the agency said. The couple, who the Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard have not named, escaped by jumping onto the yacht’s inflatable dinghy, said FWC spokesman Officer Bobby Dube.

    Very rare noctilucent clouds appear over Argentina

    They're back. Noctilucent clouds (NLCs), recently missing, are once again circling the South Pole. And, in an unexpected twist, they've just appeared over Argentina as well.

    In the whole history of atmospheric research, NLCs have been sighted at mid-southern latitudes only a handful of times. [more]

    [2nd piece follows]

  5. [Stand Your Ground]
    Vaccine rollout hits snag as health workers balk at shots

    The desperately awaited vaccination drive against the coronavirus in the U.S. is running into resistance from an unlikely quarter: Surprising numbers of health care workers who have seen firsthand the death and misery inflicted by COVID-19 are refusing shots.

    It is happening in nursing homes and, to a lesser degree, in hospitals, with employees expressing what experts say are unfounded fears of side effects from vaccines that were developed at record speed. More than three weeks into the campaign, some places are seeing as much as 80% of the staff holding back.

    “It’s far too low. It’s alarmingly low,” said Neil Pruitt, CEO of PruittHealth, which runs about 100 long-term care homes in the South, where fewer than 3 in 10 workers offered the vaccine so far have accepted it. [more; thinking of you, Fran!]
    [Tell the truth, you get kicked out; LIE YOUR ASS OFF, advancement]
    RS Interview: Climate Scientist Michael Mann

    you call out a lot of lefties, from the Sierra Club to journalists like David Wallace Wells for what you call “climate doom porn.”
    Yeah, that’s right. I do. I call it as I see it, and most of my targets have been on the right side of the political spectrum, and continue to be, because that’s really where the primary obstacles have been found. But we are encountering some obstacles on the left side of the spectrum. And here, it is important to make a distinction. The folks that you mentioned aren’t bad actors. They’re well-intentioned, if misguided in certain respects. And to a large extent, they are sort of the victims of this disinformation campaign. [more; come to your own conclusion]

    XR Crackdown [~ 68 min.]

    Here are the Republicans who voted to contest the Electoral College votes showing Biden beat Trump

    For a handful of Republican lawmakers, the spectacle of a pro-Trump mob, spurred on by the president’s false claims of election fraud, storming the U.S. Capitol was enough to make them reconsider their role in seeking to block the certification of Electoral College votes that confirmed Joe Biden had beaten Donald Trump on Nov. 3.

    Sens. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Steve Daines of Montana and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington broke ranks with Trump’s plan to stop Biden from becoming the 46th president, announcing that they would not stand in the way of what is traditionally a pro forma ceremony. [chicken-shit]

    Here is a complete list of all the Republicans who cast a vote on Wednesday and Thursday to prevent the certification of the Electoral College in at least one state. [more]

    [3rd section coming up]

  6. [today's health feature]
    6 science-backed benefits of blueberries, according to nutritionists

    The benefits of blueberries include lowering cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and improving insulin sensitivity.

    Blueberries' benefits come from their nutrient-dense profile and high antioxidant content.

    To reap the benefits of blueberries, eat them as a snack or add them to your morning smoothie or oatmeal. [more; seriously]

    [let's start with White Guilt]
    Joe Biden could send a message to Black Americans with this reparations bill

    A bill reintroduced in the House this week to create a commission to examine reparations for the African American descendants of slavery is being seen by many as an early test of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ proclaimed commitment to tackling structural oppression. [more]

    Joe Biden's $2,000 stimulus checks: How soon could you get yours?

    President-elect Joe Biden's pitch this week for a quick, third round of coronavirus relief payments looks closer to becoming reality.

    Since last week, most Americans have been receiving their second COVID "stimulus checks," for $600, after an attempt to raise the amount to $2,000 failed in the closing days of 2020.

    On Monday, Biden said $2,000 checks could "go out the door" soon if voters in Georgia gave him a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate — and now, that's happened. [more; let me know when you get yours]

    [Make everything right, Joe!]
    How Biden can ramp up his climate ambitions now that Democrats have won the Senate [~ 7 min. lead-in video]

    Joe Biden ran on the most ambitious climate plan in US history, and while he didn’t embrace the entirety of the Green New Deal (Biden has referred to it as a “crucial framework” with the “epic scope” needed to meet the climate challenge), its spirit is reflected in the president-elect’s day one agenda. From redirecting the $500 billion federal government procurement budget to reestablishing methane pollution limits and rejoining the Paris climate agreement, the new White House has planned a sweeping climate term. [more]

  7. VAST CHASM opens up near Italian hospital swallowing multiple vehicles, Covid center evacuated (VIDEO)

    The hospital remains in a state of emergency with generators providing electricity, though water supplies remain cut off.

    A massive hole, measuring an estimated 50 meters (164 feet) by 50 meters and some 15 meters (49 feet) deep, cracked open in the hospital's staff car park, swallowing some vehicles.

    Initial reports indicate that the hospital's subterranean oxygen pipes may have imploded or that a leak may have triggered a build up of gas and a subsequent explosion. [more]

    ‘Completely untrustworthy’: Iran BANS import of coronavirus vaccines from US and Britain

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has prohibited the import of any Covid vaccines from the US and UK, questioning their efficacy and suggesting developers might be willing to “test” their drugs on foreign nations.

    Khamenei did not miss the opportunity to take further swipes at Iran’s arch-rival, stating that the soaring numbers of coronavirus infections in the US are the best proof why its medical products should not be trusted.[more; smart man]

    The East is getting warmer and wetter — the West is warmer and drier

    About 32 percent of the United States has gotten warmer and drier over the last 40 years, primarily in the West. The eastern two-thirds, about 66 percent, is warmer and wetter.

    That leaves 2 percent of the country that is cooler and wetter — across the northern areas of Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, and Minnesota. A very tiny fraction, 0.06 percent in the northeastern tip of Minnesota, is cooler and drier. [more; source incl.]